Indian off-spinner Varun Chakravarthy’s fitness issues could be a major concern for India ahead of the 2021 T20 World Cup. He is currently part of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) franchise and plays in the UAE leg of the 2021 IPL season.
BCCI has provided an update on Chakravarthy’s problematic knees showing that they are not in the best condition. The BCCI’s first priority will be to get the off-spinner back in shape, but if they don’t, the selectors have the option to make changes to the Indian squad until October 10.
“Varun’s knees are not in top condition. He’s in pain and believe me, if it hadn’t been in a T20 World Cup, maybe even the Indian team management wouldn’t have risked playing against him. To be 100 per cent fit he might need extensive rehabilitation later on, but for now the focus will be on his pain management during the T20 World Cup,a BCCI source told PTI.
“The KKR staff has prepared a fitness chart for Varun Chakravarthy” – BCCI
His troublesome knees are being monitored by KKR’s medical team. The BCCI is in contact with them and the source stated that a specific strength and fitness chart has been put in place to ensure Varun Chakravarthy stays in top shape.
“To my knowledge, the KKR’s support staff has prepared a comprehensive strength and conditioning chart for Varun, which is part of its larger injury management program. He also gets pain-killing injections so he can bowl his four overs without much effort.“
“These are injections, until the time effect lasts, it helps to reduce the pain. You can’t see it on TV, he looks sore when he’s not bowling and moving around the field,the source said.
Chakravarthy is a big part of the Indian team as his mysterious spin can be fully utilized on the fields of the UAE that will be prepared for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
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